Northern Aboriginal Experience

Cairns

Day 1 Cairns/Cape Tribulation (1L,1D)Meet at the joining location at 7:30am sharp and get ready to travel north. Travel by 4x4 passenger truck up to a remote beach where we meet local Aboriginal guides. Go spear fishing and learn about the traditional ways of life as well as the local flora and fauna. Cook up what you catch for a delicious lunch. Visit an Aboriginal arts centre to learn about dreamtime stories and the art that expresses those visions. An opportunity to make some art yourself makes for a great gift to take home. Walk in some of the world's oldest rainforest and swim in a remote waterfall within the Daintree NP. Overnight in a rainforest lodge located right on the beach. Estimated travel time: 3 hours Travel distance: 140 kmDay 2 Cooktown (1B,1L,1D)Travel safari-style through extremely remote countryside as we follow the Bloomfield track, only accessible by 4x4. Visit a sacred site at the Bloomfield Falls and participate in the 'Walk of the Women'. Local Aboriginal women explain how the falls speak to them, giving them powerful knowledge and visions for the future. Overnight in swags (canvas bedrolls) beside a historic hotel in the bush while being hosted by extremely entertaining locals. Listen to stories as you feast on the local cuisine. During the rainy season, sleep in multi-share cabins. Estimated travel time: 4 hours Travel distance: 100 kmDay 3 Cairns (1B)Travel westward to meet an Aboriginal guide who leads us into his traditional lands. The story teller explains the traditional lifestyle while interpreting historic rock cave paintings in the area. Travel the inland road back to Cairns where the tour finishes upon arrival at 7:30pm. Feel free to book any onward travel from 9pm onwards. Estimated travel time: 4 hours Travel distance: 324 km

DepartingFrom 01/01/2014 to 02/01/2017

3 days
FROM $750*
3 days FROM $750*

Cairns & the Great Barrier Reef, 4 Days

Queensland

HIGHLIGHTS: Cairns - Great Barrier Reef - Tjapukai - Kuranda Day 1: Welcome to Cairns. On arrival at Cairns Airport you will be transferred to your hotel (flights anytime). The rest of the day is at leisure for you to explore this vibrant city. Stroll along the Esplanade or simply relax in one of the many cafes or on the beach. Hotel: Rydges Esplanade (R) or Hilton Hotel (F), Cairns, 3 nights. Day 2: Great Barrier Reef. Board a high speed catamaran and cruise to the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef. Covering approximately 35 million hectares, it is the largest reef structure and marine park in the world and offers an experience like no other. Enjoy a reef presentation by a marine naturalist and view the spectacular coral and tropical fish from the underwater observatory and semi-submersible craft. You'll have the opportunity to go snorkelling and experience this natural wonder up-close (equipment provided). The Great Barrier Reef is home to more different species of animals and plants in a cubic metre than any other environment in the world. Enjoy a delicious tropical buffet lunch, with full bar facilities, change rooms, freshwater showers and sundeck onboard. Return to Cairns early evening. B L Day 3: Tjapukai - Skyrail - Kuranda. Visit the fascinating Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, Australia's largest indigenous cultural park which has been built in a spectacular rainforest setting. Discover this ancient culture through bush food lessons, didgeridoo demonstrations, movie theatres, fire making demonstrations and the famous Tjapukai Dance. A short distance from Tjapukai is the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. This will take you directly above the breathtaking canopy of the Barron Gorge National Park. Enroute to Kuranda, there are 2 stations where you can enjoy a walk through the rainforest and observe its beauty from spectacular lookouts. On arrival there is free time to explore the 'village in the rainforest' and its many attractions, including the Heritage Markets. After exploring, board the Kuranda train for a historic journey travelling through some of the oldest rainforest in the world. Passing the spectacular Stoney Creek Falls your journey winds through man-made tunnels, across bridges and around curves to arrive at its final destination, Freshwater Station. B Day 4: Farewell from Cairns. Your short break concludes this morning after breakfast. You'll be transferred to Cairns Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime). B View our great airfares, travel insurance, hotels and car hire.

DepartingValid For Select Departures 1 April 2015 - 31 Marc

4 days
FROM $795*
4 days FROM $795*

Fraser Island & Noosa Everglades Discovery, 5 Days

Queensland

HIGHLIGHTS: Noosa - Fraser Island Day 1: Welcome to Noosa. On arrival at Brisbane or Sunshine Coast Airport you will be transferred to your hotel in Noosa (flights anytime). This afternoon is at leisure. Hotel: The Sebel Resort Noosa (First Class) Day 2: Noosa - Fraser Island. Board your 'Warrior' 4WD coach ready to discover the beauty of World Heritage listed Fraser Island. Visit Tin Can Bay and experience wild dolphin feeding before a guided walk through Pile Valley and Central Station Rainforests. Plunge in to Lake McKenzie for a relaxing swim before arriving in Happy Valley. This evening enjoy a delicious dinner at the Satinay Bar & Bistro before retreating to the comfort of your private cabin. Hotel: Fraser Island Retreat (First Class), Happy Valley. Meals: Lunch and Dinner Day 3: Fraser Island - Noosa. Visit Eli Creek and the famous Maheno Shipwreck before a visit to the Pinnacles and Coloured Sands. Here, minerals have leached from the sand to expose high dunes which have resulted in vibrant shades of reds and yellows. Experience magnificent views from Indian Head and an exhilarating drive down 75 mile beach before arriving back in Noosa. Hotel: The Sebel Resort Noosa (First Class), 2 nights. Meals: Breakfast and Lunch Day 4: Noosa. Experience one of Australia's most magnificent wilderness areas with its intriguing waterways and myriad of wildlife on a Noosa Everglades Discovery. Float through ancient landscapes, mirrored waterways and sub-tropical rainforest on an interpretive guided cruise through the Noosa Everglades on a purpose built vessel. You'll enjoy an included morning tea of freshly baked scones with tea and coffee and a delicious BBQ lunch of sirloin steak, barramundi or vegetable frittata. You may choose to upgrade to a Bar-B-Canoe experience which will have you paddling in a canoe through this pristine environment to then meet up with your fellow travelling companions for your well-deserved lunch. Enjoy your last evening in Noosa with dinner (own expense) at one of the many local eateries. Meals: Breakfast and Lunch Day 5: Farewell from Noosa. You'll be transferred to the airport for your onward flight (flights anytime). Meals: Breakfast View our great airfares, travel insurance, hotels and car hire.

DepartingValid For Select Departures 1 April 2015 - 31 Marc

5 days
FROM $1,425*
5 days FROM $1,425*

Port Douglas & Reef Retreat, 6 Days

Queensland

HIGHLIGHTS: Cairns - Port Douglas - Mossman Gorge - Great Barrier Reef - Kuranda Day 1: Welcome to Cairns - Port Douglas. On arrival at Cairns Airport you'll be transferred to your resort in Port Douglas (flights anytime). The rest of the day is yours to explore or relax in this tropical paradise. Hotel: QT Port Douglas, 2 nights. Day 2: Mossman Gorge. Journey through the rainforest and awe-inspiring landscapes of Cape Tribulation. Visit Mossman Gorge and enjoy an indigenous presentation by the traditional owners, the Kuku Yalanji people, before a guided walk in this enchanting rainforest. Wind through the Alexandra Range and stop at a spectacular lookout for views of Snapper Island and beyond to the Coral Sea before a Daintree River cruise. B L Day 3: Great Barrier Reef - Cairns. An experience of a lifetime - cruise to an underwater world that is a kaleidoscope of colour and brilliance on an Outer Great Barrier Reef cruise to Agincourt Reef. Dive, snorkel or just stay dry and explore the stunning reef from the comfort of a Quicksilver semi-submersible craft. Watch the fish feeding from a unique underwater viewing platform and enjoy a delicious tropical buffet lunch before heading to Cairns for the next 3 nights. Hotel: Hilton Hotel, Cairns, 3 nights. B L Day 4: Kuranda. Travel on the Kuranda Scenic Railway for a breathtaking journey over the Barron Gorge and through the ancient rainforest to the picturesque village of Kuranda, where you'll have free time to wander through the village markets and explore the town. Board the Skyrail Cableway and travel high above the canopy of the rainforest back to Cairns. B Day 5: Cairns 'Free Time'. Today, relax and unwind or discover any of a number of Cairns' hidden gems. Visit Cairns Wildlife Dome, the new Cairns Zoom for an adventure or stroll through the Cairns Night Markets. It's up to you B Day 6: Farewell from Cairns Your short break concludes this morning after breakfast. You'll be transferred to Cairns Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime). B View our great airfares, travel insurance, hotels and car hire.

DepartingValid For Select Departures 1 April 2015 - 31 Marc

6 days
FROM $1,435*
6 days FROM $1,435*

Brisbane to Cairns Experience

Brisbane

Day 1 BrisbaneArrive in Brisbane at any time. There are no planned activities during the day, so check into the hotel and explore the city. Please try to arrive before 7pm for an important group welcome meeting where you can meet the Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and the other group members. If you arrive early enough, you'll have time to head into the city to visit City Hall, the Treasury Building or relax on Streets Beach. Please note: if you have pre-booked Cairns Whitewater Rafting your CEO will inform you when you will do the activity throughout your tour, days are subject to change: Whitewater Rafting (Day 9 - Cairns). For more information on the Extra see the Optional Activities section.Day 2-3 Fraser Island (2B,1L,2D)Travel by private bus up the coast then switch to a private 4x4 to drive along the beach to the ferry that heads to Fraser Island. Once on the island, drive along the beach until camp is reached. The camp consists of permanent tents to be shared by up to 4 people and will be exclusive to the G group during the stay. The tents are located in the bush beside the beach. Once settled in, enjoy an evening barbecue with good company on the beach. Fraser Island is the world's biggest sand island. Depending on the tides, we will explore the island either via an inland road or right on the beach. After a good night of sleep by the beach, the second day on the island offers an included private full day 4x4 trip taking in the highlights of this amazing island including Lake Mckenzie, the rainforest, 75 Mile Beach, Maheno Shipwreck and the coloured sands. Estimated travel time: 5 hours Travel distance: 250 kmDay 4 Cattle Country (1B,1D)We transfer off the island by boat then catch the train up the 'Capricorn Coast' which is well-known as 'Cattle Country'. Arrive at a remote farm, where we will be located for the night. The workers from the property are excellent hosts as they teach about the history of the farm, the cattle industry, and some of the challenges of raising cattle in such a harsh environment. Tonight, experience life in Cattle Country the traditional way by sleeping outside in a swag (canvas bedroll) under the stars. This is bound to be one of the most unique and memorable nights of the trip. No worries, there are toilet and shower facilities nearby. The cattle station is quite remote and neither power points for charging nor reception for mobile phones are available. Estimated travel time: 6 hours Travel distance: 416 kmDay 5-6 Whitsunday Islands Sailing (2B,1L,2D)After a traditional Outback-style breakfast, transfer to the town of Mackay and embark on a maxi yacht which will be our home for the next three days. Set sail to a secluded cove in the Whitsunday Islands and enjoy some snorkelling before the anchor drops for the night. We are the only company to sail from south to north through the islands instead of backtracking while starting and finishing in the same point. Take advantage of the included snorkel gear, throw on a mask and see what lives in the Great Barrier Reef. (Note that fins are not provided in order to adhere with local coral conservation efforts.) The sailing route on Day 6 allows us to follow part of Captain Cook's route up through the Whitsunday Islands, stopping for swims and beach visits along the way. Options to SCUBA dive are available also. Again we drop anchor in a secluded bay for the night. Estimated travel time: 4 hours Travel distance: 281 kmDay 7 Whitsundays/Whitehaven Beach/Airlie Beach (1B)A morning sail takes us to one of the most famous places in the Whitsundays, 'Whitehaven Beach'. Stroll along the impossibly white sand beach and go up to the lookout for a great view of the area. After an afternoon sail we arrive in the town of Airlie Beach for a comfortable stay in a local beach resort. Feel free to relax by the pool at the end of the day.Day 8-9 Cairns (1B)Early morning transfer to the train station. Sit back and admire the scenery as we travel along the coast, through sugar cane country, covering a fair amount of terrain up to Cairns. Arrive in the evening. Consider trying out the adrenaline-pumping jungle swing or a bungee jump when you arrive to get the blood flowing. Enjoy a free day to explore this popular northern Queensland city. Cairns is a popular jumping off point for snorkel and diving day trips out to the Great Barrier Reef. Other popular excursions include skydiving, hang gliding, ballooning and whitewater rafting. There is a vibrant nightlife in Cairns with many high quality restaurants and bars that are open late. Celebrate the last night all together with a night on the town. Estimated travel time: 10 hours Travel distance: 650 km Day 10 Cairns (1B)Depart at any time.

DepartingFrom 06/01/2015 to 31/12/2017

10 days
FROM $1,615*
10 days FROM $1,615*

Queensland Sand, Sailing & Dreamtime

Brisbane

Day 1 BrisbaneArrive in Brisbane at any time. There are no planned activities during the day, so check into the hotel and explore the city. Please try to arrive before 7pm for an important group welcome meeting where you can meet the Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and the other group members. If you arrive early enough, you'll have time to head into the city to visit City Hall, the Treasury Building or relax on Streets Beach. Please note: if you have pre-booked Cairns Whitewater Rafting your CEO will inform you when you will do the activity throughout your tour, days are subject to change: Whitewater Rafting (Day 9 - Cairns). For more information on the Extra see the Optional Activities section.Day 2-3 Fraser Island (2B,1L,2D)Travel by private bus up the coast then switch to a private 4x4 to drive along the beach to the ferry that heads to Fraser Island. Once on the island, drive along the beach until camp is reached. The camp consists of permanent tents to be shared by up to 4 people and will be exclusive to the G group during the stay. The tents are located in the bush beside the beach. Once settled in, enjoy an evening barbecue with good company on the beach. Fraser Island is the world's biggest sand island. Depending on the tides, we will explore the island either via an inland road or right on the beach. After a good night of sleep by the beach, the second day on the island offers an included private full day 4x4 trip taking in the highlights of this amazing island including Lake Mckenzie, the rainforest, 75 Mile Beach, Maheno Shipwreck and the coloured sands. Estimated travel time: 5 hours Travel distance: 250 kmDay 4 Cattle Country (1B,1D)We transfer off the island by boat then catch the train up the 'Capricorn Coast' which is well-known as 'Cattle Country'. Arrive at a remote farm, where we will be located for the night. The workers from the property are excellent hosts as they teach about the history of the farm, the cattle industry, and some of the challenges of raising cattle in such a harsh environment. Tonight, experience life in Cattle Country the traditional way by sleeping outside in a swag (canvas bedroll) under the stars. This is bound to be one of the most unique and memorable nights of the trip. No worries, there are toilet and shower facilities nearby. Estimated travel time: 6 hours Travel distance: 416 kmDay 5-6 Whitsunday Islands Sailing (2B,1L,2D)After a traditional Outback-style breakfast, transfer to the town of Mackay and embark on a maxi yacht which will be our home for the next three days. Set sail to a secluded cove in the Whitsunday Islands and enjoy some snorkelling before the anchor drops for the night. We are the only company to sail from south to north through the islands instead of backtracking while starting and finishing in the same point. Take advantage of the included snorkel gear, throw on a mask and see what lives in the Great Barrier Reef. (Note that fins are not provided in order to adhere with local coral conservation efforts.) The sailing route on Day 6 allows us to follow part of Captain Cook's route up through the Whitsunday Islands, stopping for swims and beach visits along the way. Options to SCUBA dive are available also. Again we drop anchor in a secluded bay for the night. Estimated travel time: 4 hours Travel distance: 281 kmDay 7 Whitsundays/Whitehaven Beach/Airlie Beach (1B)A morning sail takes us to one of the most famous places in the Whitsundays, 'Whitehaven Beach'. Stroll along the impossibly white sand beach and go up to the lookout for a great view of the area. After an afternoon sail we arrive in the town of Airlie Beach for a comfortable stay in a local beach resort. Feel free to relax by the pool at the end of the day.Day 8-9 Cairns (1B)Early morning transfer to the train station. Sit back and admire the scenery as we travel along the coast, through sugar cane country, covering a fair amount of terrain up to Cairns. Enjoy a free day to explore this popular northern Queensland city. Cairns is a popular jumping off point for snorkel and diving day trips out to the Great Barrier Reef. Other popular excursions include skydiving, hang gliding, ballooning and whitewater rafting. There is a vibrant nightlife in Cairns with many high quality restaurants and bars that are open late. Celebrate the last night all together with a night on the town. Estimated travel time: 9 hours Travel distance: 650 km Day 10 Cape Tribulation (1B,1L,1D)*Please note that Days 10-12 may be run in reverse during the rainy season (November to March) if the Bloomfield Track is closed due to weather conditions and safety. Travel by 4x4 passenger truck up to a remote beach where we meet local Aboriginal guides. Go spear fishing and learn about the traditional ways of life as well as the local flora and fauna. Cook up what you catch for a delicious lunch. Walk in some of the world's oldest rainforest and swim in a remote waterfall within the Daintree NP. Overnight in a rainforest lodge located right on the beach. Estimated travel time: 3 hours Travel distance: 140 kmDay 11 Cooktown (1B,1L)Travel safari-style through extremely remote countryside as we follow the Bloomfield track, only accessible by 4x4. Visit a sacred site at the Bloomfield Falls and participate in the 'Walk of the Women'. Local Aboriginal women explain how the falls speak to them, giving them powerful knowledge and visions for the future. Overnight in swags (canvas bedrolls) beside a historic hotel in the bush while being hosted by extremely entertaining locals. Listen to stories as you feast on the local cuisine. During the rainy season, sleep in multi-share cabins. Estimated travel time: 4 hours Travel distance: 100 kmDay 12 Cairns (1B)Travel westward to meet an Aboriginal guide who leads us into his traditional lands. The story teller explains the traditional lifestyle while interpreting historic rock cave paintings in the area. Travel the inland road back to Cairns where the tour finishes upon arrival at 7:30pm. Feel free to book any onward travel from 9pm onwards. Estimated travel time: 4 hours Travel distance: 324 km

DepartingFrom 01/01/2015 to 24/12/2017

12 days
FROM $2,969*
12 days FROM $2,969*

East Coast Tropical Discovery Guided Holiday, 12 Days

Queensland

Day 1: Sydney - Coffs Harbour. Depart Sydney this morning and travel along the scenic coastline of New South Wales. Stop at Port Macquarie on your way to the resort town of Coffs Harbour. Enjoy a welcome reception and dinner with your Tour Director. Day 2: Coffs Harbour - Gold Coast. This morning journey to Cape Byron Lighthouse and enjoy the superb views from Australia's most eastern point. Stop in exclusive Byron Bay for lunch and free time before following the lush Tweed River Valley to the famous Gold Coast. Tonight is free for you to dine at one of the many restaurants and cafes on the Gold Coast. Day 3: Gold Coast - Noosa. Travel on to Brisbane for a scenic city tour and free time for lunch before you visit Australia Zoo, made famous by the Crocodile Hunter, the late Steve Irwin and his family. Enjoy a sneak peek of the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital and discover the menagerie of animals great and small. The zoo is the ultimate wildlife adventure and its team of more than 500 believes in delivering conservation through exciting education. They will ensure you have a wildlife experience you'll never forget. Your final destination is Noosa on the Sunshine Coast. Day 4: Noosa (Free Time). Take time out to discover Noosa for yourself. Swim at Noosa Main Beach or venture a little further with an easy, breathtaking walk along the headland through to Noosa National Park. If you're feeling adventurous, you could take a boat ride through the Noosa Everglades. Pristine beaches, lakes, wetlands, mangroves and diverse flora and fauna are among the spectacular scenery you'll witness. Day 5: Noosa - Fraser Island - Hervey Bay. A day of discovery lies ahead as you explore the wonders of World Heritage listed Fraser Island. Your 4WD tour will visit Rainbow Beach coloured sands (tidal) before heading across by ferry or barge to Fraser Island. Walk through the ancient rainforest at Central Station with its huge satinay, scribbly gum and kauri trees. Visit Lake McKenzie, ringed with magnificent white sandy beaches. Enjoy a barbecue lunch before you transfer by ferry to the mainland for your overnight stay at Hervey Bay. Day 6: Hervey Bay - Rockhampton. Today you'll journey to the beef capital of Australia. En route, stop at Langmorn Station, a fully operational cattle station. Enjoy afternoon tea at the homestead, a restored 'Queenslander' built in 1873. Cross the tropic of Capricorn and continue to historic Rockhampton, on the Fitzroy River. Day 7: Rockhampton - Daydream Island. Travel north through Mackay, Australia's sugar capital, before continuing to Airlie Beach, a gateway to the Whitsunday Islands. At Airlie Beach you'll take a ferry across to Daydream Island in the heart of the spectacular Great Barrier Reef. Day 8: Daydream Island (Free Time). A day at leisure to explore Daydream Island. Perhaps explore beautiful bays, islands and beaches on an optional cruise to Whitehaven Beach. If you're feeling active, you have the opportunity to take a rainforest walk, play beach volleyball, tennis, water polo, go snorkelling or kayaking. Otherwise just laze by one of the pools, on the beach, or replenish your body and soul at the Daydream Rejuvenation Spa. Day 9: Daydream Island - Mission Beach. Return to the mainland for today's journey, which takes you further into Tropical Queensland. Stop in Townsville, overlooking Magnetic Island, where there's time for a stroll along the Strand. You'll spend tonight in a resort right on the waterfront at Mission Beach. Day 10: Mission Beach - Cairns. This morning enjoy a leisurely stroll to feel the sand between your toes then continue north to discover the picturesque mountain retreat, Kuranda. Explore the Heritage Markets and art galleries before you choose your mode of transport to your destination. You may choose to travel by coach or take an optional journey above the rainforest over Barron Gorge National Park on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Day 11: Great Barrier Reef. Board a high speed catamaran and cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy a reef education presentation and view the spectacular coral and tropical fish from the underwater observatory and the semi-submersible craft. There is the opportunity to go snorkelling and view this natural living wonder up-close (equipment provided). Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch before you return to Cairns. Celebrate your holiday this evening at dinner with your Tour Director and new-found friends. Day 12: Farewell from Cairns. Your holiday concludes today after breakfast. You'll be transferred to Cairns Airport for your onward flight.

DepartingOnly on 5 May 2015.

12 days
FROM $3,400*
12 days FROM $3,400*

Best of Australia

Cairns

Day 1 Cairns (1B)Arrive at any time.Days 2-3 Cape Tribulation (2B)Head north to Cape Tribulation. Stop en route to explore Mossman Gorge on an interpretive walk through the Daintree Rainforest. On Day 3, take an optional trip to the Great Barrier Reef or explore Daintree National Park.Day 4 Cairns (1B)Return to Cairns in the afternoon with free time explore this laid back city.Days 5-6 Airlie Beach/Whitsunday Islands (1B,1L)Depart early for a full day of travel to reach Airlie Beach with time to explore the town. On Day 6 set sail for a day in the Whitsunday Islands and visit the barrier reef. Opt to swim or snorkel and enjoy a day at sea around these stunning islands. Return to Airlie Beach for the night.Days 7-8 Byron BayFly to Brisbane and transfer to Byron Bay for two nights in this hippie paradise. On Day 8 hit the waves with an included surf lesson and yoga warm-up. Spend the afternoon wandering the town or taking part in a multitude of optional activities.Day 9 Bellingen Head to the historic town of Bellingen. Enjoy an afternoon canoe trip to learn the history of the area and experience the pristine beauty along the Bellinger River. Spend the night in an historic country pub or lodge with gardens.Day 10 Sydney (1B)Experience a local breakfast in Bellingen before continuing on to Sydney for a night in this bustling city.Days 11-12 Blue Mountains/Jenolan CavesEnjoy some free time in Sydney with an included Jet Boat ride before taking an afternoon train to the Blue Mountains region. On Day 12, explore the area around Leura and Katoomba including The Three Sisters. Opt to take a walk in Jamison Valley and take the Scenic Railway, the steepest railway in the world. Afternoon visit to the Jenolan Caves.Day 13 SydneyTake the train back to Sydney for a final evening in the big city.Day 14 SydneyDepart at any time.

DepartingFrom 01/01/2015 to 16/12/2016

14 days
FROM $3,499*
14 days FROM $3,499*

300 days of sunshine, 365 days of adventure

Massive in terms of size and enjoyment, Queensland is a one-size-fits-all destination, whether you prefer to 'glamp' in the wilderness or splash out on a penthouse high above the glittering cityscape.

World-class theme parks for tots and teens, golden beaches for sun-seekers, island hideaways for luxury lovers, a vibrant capital city for culture vultures, Hinterland retreats for the romantic at heart, rugged Outback for intrepid explorers – the Sunshine State delivers it all in spades!

The Wonderous Great Barrier ReefSee what lies beneath at the Great Barrier Reef

Bucket-list experiences don't get much greater than discovering the Great Barrier Reef. Scuba-suit-up and set sail – there's 2,300 kilometres of reef to scour, with 900 islands sprinkled down the coast, so you're bound to find Nemo somewhere out there!

Did you know Queensland is also the only place in the world where two Heritage-listed sites meet? The lush, tropical Daintree Rainforest north of Cairns is the oldest rainforest in the world, but it's got some serious competition in terms of 'wow factor' thanks to southern dwelling Fraser Island – the only place in the world where rainforest sprouts from the sand.

There's #nofilter necessary when it comes to the Whitsundays, where celebs flock to private resorts, soar over the iconic Heart Reef, or island-hop via chartered yacht. Don't despair – these experiences aren't just limited to the rich and famous, but they definitely require some serious budgeting!

The Wonderous Great Barrier ReefCapital city Brisbane is as cool as they come

Laidback capital city Brisbane is making east coast rivals Sydney and Melbourne sit up and pay attention thanks to its booming small-bar scene, an endless arts and entertainment calendar and a serious appetite for flavour, from on-trend green smoothies to epic American-style burgers. 

Brisbane is the perfect base for day-tripping all around the south-east, from Australia's favourite playground – the Gold Coast – to food and wine trails lacing the Granite Belt region in Southern Queensland Country, and the chilled reprieve of the Sunshine Coast and surrounding Hinterland.

The Wonderous Great Barrier ReefHang ten on the 'Goldie' like a local

Watch tiny turtles hatch and scurry to the surf, fossick for gemstones, walk in the footprints of dinosaurs, cuddle a koala, unroll your swag under a blanket of stars, slide down sand dunes, dine at hatted restaurants, and take your sightseeing tour on a stand-up paddle board – all on one unforgettable holiday in Queensland.

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